Tata Steel completes 100 years of blast furnace operations

Steelmaker Tata Steel has crossed a major milestone in its history with the completion of 100 years of its blast furnace operations.
It was on December 2, 1911 that the plant at Jamshedpur became active when the blast furnace was blown for the first time. Steel production commenced a few weeks later on February 16, 1912.
From a plant with an initial capacity to produce 160,000 tonnes of pig iron, 100,000 tonnes of ingot steel, 70,000 tonnes of rails, beams and shapes and 20,000 tonnes of bars, hoops and rods, the Jamshedpur Works of Tata Steel is now poised to become a 10 million tonne steel plant in a few months from now, a press release from the company said. Its present capacity stands at 6.8 million tonnes per annum.
In the early years, the plant essentially consisted of a battery of 180 non-recovery coke ovens and 30 by-product ovens with a sulphuric acid plant and two blast furnaces, each of 350 tonnes per day capacity, and a 300-tonne hot metal mixer, four open hearth furnaces of 50-tonne capacity each, one steam engine driven 40-inch reversing blooming mill, one 28-inch reversing combination rail and structural mill with reheating furnaces and one 16-inch and two 10-inch rolling mills. 
In the early days, an average of 6,300 people was engaged daily at the works by the company and its contractors, the release added.
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